Egyptian police clash with armed men again in north Sinai

Friday, August 10, 2012

Al-Arish: Egyptian police have clashed with armed men in the Sinai peninsula of Al-Arish, state television reported on Thursday.

State television said the fighting resumed Thursday outside a police station in El-Arish, about 50 kilometers from the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi fired his intelligence chief and the governor of North Sinai on Wednesday in a major reorganisation. 

Reportedly, the military has said it carried out its operation Wednesday to restore peace and regain control after an increase in lawlessness following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Militants launched a bloody attack on the army Sunday, killing 16 Egyptian border guards.

Notably, the clash came a day after military airstrikes killed 20 suspected militants in the area. 
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